We want to thank Mario Garcia and Carol Reiser from the US Census Bureau for joining us on Wednesday, August 14 for a short and deeply informative presentation on the role libraries and librarians will have in ensuring everyone in New York State is counted. If you would like more information on what was covered, please see the presentation and notes below.
You can also visit our 2020Census LibGuide with tons of information for librarians about the ongoing Census efforts. If you're looking for ideas of how to be involved or would like another workshop on this topic, please contact Carolyn Bennett Glauda - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes from the workshop:
"I came because I was curious. Until an hour ago I had no idea that our library has a role in helping the complete count!" - from a workshop attendee
How will the 2020 Census impact college students?
- The Bureau is hiring! College students are eligible to apply to the many part-time and temporary US Census jobs. Librarians can help point them in that direction.
- If a student is residing in a dorm on April 1, 2020, they will be counted at the school.
- If the student is home that day for some reason, they count as being at home.
- If a student is living on campus, the dorms will be counted by the housing facility. They will be counted as “group quarters.”
- If the students are living off-campus, then they answer their own questions.
- Foreign and exchange students get counted as part of the school population.
- The Bureau knocks out the double counts as much as they can, so if parents count a student who is on campus, the double count will get eliminated.
- If students live with roommates off campus, they can appoint a “team leader” to be the head of household who fills out the census.
- The Bureau is working with SUNY central, and is looking to make more inroads with private institutions.
In the workshop, we also covered the role of Complete Count Committees. They are forming all over New York State. If you are interested in joining one or creating one, they are useful at the level of county, town, campus, or region. There's even one upstate that was formed by a book club! These committees are vital to reaching hard-to-count populations.
Links to the handouts from the workshop are listed here: